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I know some of you have strong opinions on this issue.
In your opinion, what are the reasons to specialize vs not, and what is going to give a young player the best odds of making it all the way to the major leagues?
I am not an expert in over-use injuries at a young age, or the psychology of burn out. If you know of good studies that have been done in these areas, I'd love to hear about them.
I do think there is another aspect of this which doesn't get talked about much, and that is the development of overall athleticism and how playing only baseball may deprive a youngster of important opportunities to become more athletic and confident in his abilities. (Click here if you want to read my blog post on the issue of athleti...)
I guess the bottom line is at WHAT AGE should baseball players specialize? (and do you think it happening too early too often these days? )
Doug- Great topic and it's a topic that has been discussed quite a bit on CheckSwing lately:
Thanks Bill. I did a search before I posted, but i guess I missed those. Thanks
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Coach you are right on. Honing skills is no good if the mental drive gets burnt. Baseball is such a mental game, and it only becomes more so as the kids move up into college and then pro ball.